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Brewed by Beaus All Natural Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Vankleek Hill, Canada

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This strong & dark beer, inspired by the Alfred bog, is our very first seasonal offering. Featuring bog myrtle, or sweet gale, harvested from the wilds of northern Quebec. This ancient herb was used in brewing hundreds of years ago and offers bitterness, a sweet aroma and herbal spicy notes.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
Sweet, fruity, earthy and herbal in the nose. Hazy brown body is topped by a decent, if large bubbled, off-white head that lasts fairly well. Flavour is sweet and fruity up front, almost a cross between a saison and a dubbel - very Belgian inspired to me. Moderate bitterness and herbal, earthy notes round out the flavour. Medium body is filled by a gentle, expansive effervescence. Really great texture on the tongue. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at the LCBO on Danforth Rd. in December 2013.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (4298) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle at RBWG after GT
Cloudy amber with a small off-white head and some lacing. Aroma and taste is tart, toasted malts and fruity
Nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4152) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
pours hazy dark amber, light brown-reddish with a decent light beige head, some retention. lightly sourish berries, leafy spiciness, nicely toasted malts, tingling citric acidity, short but present grassy finish. hint of sweetness. relatively soft carbonation, light body - some oiliness. original, interesting... and nice!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (3660) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours cloudy red. Smells a little hoppy. The gale adds a different bitter angle to this beer but the overall product is a little gimmicky. Bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3037) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Une bouteille du LCBO. Un liquide étrangement rougeâtre dépossédé de sa tête mousseuse. Le nez est une attaque contrôlée de malts grillés et de sucre brun avec des parfums douteux d’herbes et d’aromates fruités. Le goût est plus ou moins intéressant. Le sucré des malts se fusionne difficilement avec ces herbes qui finissent par épicer mon palais. La sensation en bouche n’est pas extraordinaire. Je n’aime pas le comportement très actif des bulles. La texture en souffre légèrement. La finale est plus ou moins stimulante : les tissus de ma bouche cherchent une orientation à travers cette crispation qui est néanmoins peu déplaisante. Je manque d’enthousiasme face à cette concoction qui propose la différence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (2994) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2011
600ml bottle, bottled on november 30th, 2011. batch #834 hazy amber pour, small off white head. quite malty aroma, some light bread, quite a bit of spice. nutmeg, cardamon, some nuts, even a touch of lavender. mouthfeel is a tad watery, very light bitterness. finish is minerals, light lavender, more spice, and quite a bit of sweet malt. nice beer, couldnt see myself drinking more than a bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2932) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2008
Draught, 20 ounces, at The cottage and kitchen, April 11 2008; eye: dirty brown with a reddish hue, opaque creamy beige head that falls rapidly, light lacing; nose: sweet gale, I suppose, caramelized malt, floral, fruity, dusty, perfumy, light spices; mouth: dusty, sweet gale, caramelized malt, perfumy, floral, fruity, a bit aggressive on swallowing but finale is enjoyable, spices (pepper), basement, caramel, finale in sweet gale with a good presence of caramelized malt, nice balance, silky, medium body, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, slight astringency, rather carbonated, reminiscent of an "old ale", creamy; overall: nice surprise FRANÇAIS En fût, 20 onces, chez The cottage & kitchen, 11 avril 2008; oeil : brune sale avec une teinte rougeâtre, opaque, mousse crémeuse beige qui tombe plutôt rapidement, légère dentelle; nez : myrique baumier, j’imagine, malt caramélisé, floral, fruitée, poussiéreuse, parfumée, léger épices; bouche : poussiéreuse, myrique baumier, malt caramélisé, parfumée, floral, fruitée, p’tite agression lorsque j’avale mais la finale est agréable, épices (poivre), cave, caramel, finale en myrique baumier avec une bonne présence de malt caramélisé, bel équilibre, soyeuse, corps moyen, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, très légère astringence, plutôt carbonatée, un peu « old ale », crémeuse; en résumé : belle surprise

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2909) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Growler from the brewery, courtesy of my buddy Jay. Spicy nose, along with lots of malt - nice. Neat appearance - very dark brown, hazy and murky - very little head. Taste is good - reminded me instantly of Anchor Our Special Ale in its spiciness - it would have been more appropriate to drink this in the Winter than outside on the first great day of the year! Sweet malty brown ale with a neat original bit of spiciness - good effort Beau’s.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2898) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
600ml bottle, dark brown-amber color, with a fluffy beige head, with a belgian yeast, herbal, spicy, sweet pine needle, nordic earthy herbs note, with some faint dark dried fruit, nutmeg, brown sugar, ripe apple, toasted, caramel malt accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, spicy, herbal, caramel, toasted, biscuity malty, fruity apple sauce, ripe apple, heather, elderberry, nutmeg spicy character, with some earthy herbal, faint tart wildberry, balsam fir flavours, leading towards a fruity yeastiness, sweet spicy herbs, caramelized, toasted maltiness finish

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (2871) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
600 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass. 06DE12.

App.: Deep reddish-brown, murky with a smallish yellow-tan head. Aroma: Quite like a Belgian Dubbel, strong yeast, dark dried fruit, light esters, malty and playful, faint minty herbals. Palate: Medium+ body, fine, creamy effervescence. Flav.: More herbal, bread, toast, yeast, less fruity, a touch roasted, faint esters, malty with more plant character; basically dry with minimal bitterness and a full ,yeasty, bready, malty finish.

Finally rated after a few bottles over the years. Enjoyable.


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